Dave Hollis, who was top brass at Disney before joining heads to help with his ex-wife’s media empire, has died. He was 47.
Author Rachel Hollis, with whom he shares four children, wrote that the family is “devastated” by his death on Instagram Tuesday.
“I have no words and my heart is too broken to find them,” the “Girl, Wash your Face” author wrote. “Please wrap the kids up in prayer as we try and navigate through the unthinkable.”
Hollis had been hospitalized recently for heart problems according to reports from Variety and The Los Angeles Times.
Hollis was the former president of Disney’s worldwide distribution for nearly seven years before stepping away to help with his ex’s media empire after he recognizing was in a corporate rut. Though he was skeptical about entering the self-help space.
“I finally one day said, ‘Fine, I don’t trust it. I think that there’s some snake oil in this personal development space but it’s worked for you. I have to at least see what it’s about,’” he told The Associated Press in 2018.
Hollis wrote his debut book “Get Out of Your Own Way” months before he and Rachel announced they’d be splitting ways in June 2020.
Hollis went on to write two more books, 2021’s “Built with Courage” and a children’s book in 2020, “Here’s to Your Dreams.”
Lawyer and media personality Mel Robbins mourned the loss of her close friend whom she considered a brother on Instagram.
“You made me laugh harder than anyone I’ve ever met. We could talk about anything, and to anyone, for hours and hours. And we did. Everywhere we went there was laughter,” she wrote Tuesday. “We always joked that we must have been siblings in another lifetime because it felt like we had known you forever.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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